Auckley Opposes YWP Proposed Entrance Siting on Hurst Lane
We the undersigned oppose the YWP proposed plan to site the new entrance to the expanded site on Hurst Lane on the grounds that the road network is insufficient to support the traffic volume associated with the projected 1.5 million visitors each year.
In recent years Hurst Lane has gone from a small country road to a major access route, and is now an extremely busy link road operating at queuing capacity daily. Hurst Lane currently directly services 5 schools including 1 college yet to be opened (Hill House, Hayfield Lane Primary, New College, Hayfield School, and Auckley Primary). In addition it is also the main access road for an international airport, extensive office developments, a quarry, and provides direct access to in excess of 1000 homes. It also provides access for the villages of Auckley, Blaxton, Branton & Finningley to the new FARRS link road, leading to heavy daily traffic that takes this road to capacity at both ends. To add the additional traffic from the YWP this will take the road to break point, we therefore oppose the site entrance plan on the basis of -
1. Additional traffic impact on local road network
2. Insufficient infrastructure to support existing traffic volume
3. Environmental impact on the local community
4. Pollution concerns in an area already polluted by aviation traffic
5. Risk of pedestrian injury / fatality at junction with Mosham Road due to increased traffic volume (see existing petition lodged with DMBC requesting provision of a pedestrian crossing)
As a local community, and key stakeholders in the future of the YWP we support the expansion of the attraction and the investment and positivity this brings to the local area. To be a success however this has to be linked with an entrance that is well thought out, fully researched, and backed up with up to date traffic management, risk assessment and environmental impact surveys.
We propose an immediate reconsideration of the current entrance point plan and ask that full and proper use of the FARRS stage 2 link road be utilised to access the park, and with it a road capable of servicing the visitor numbers expected.